Welcome to Gordano Valley Archers

COSE 2016 West of England Club of the Year

f23811c99d03543abe9480cf6.jpgWe are a very open and friendly Archery Club based on the edge of the Gordano Valley at The Downs School in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Our vision is to promote and develop the sport of archery and to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We aim to achieve this by ensuring we have a highly motivated and professional team of coaches and officials dedicated to the principles of equitable practice.

The club is committed to providing archery as an all inclusive sport and actively promotes the sport as a Triple A sport for all the family. Triple A = All Ability Archery.

We shoot throughout the year on Sundays at our ground as well as having an indoor facility from October to March that we use on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the weather does not permit outdoor shooting.

Shooting times are:

Sundays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

09:00 to 10:00 – Set up range – Club Members
10:00 to 12:30 – Assembly beginners and club shoot.
12:30 to 13:00 – Take down range

Indoor range available (weather dependent)

09:00 to 09:30 – Set up
09:30 to 12:00 – Beginners & Juniors Club Members
09:30 to 12:00 – Senior Members if spare capacity ( Members please set up on the landing)
12:00 to 12:30 –Take down range

Mondays (@ Worle) 58 New Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 6AQ

17:30 to 21:00 Beginner, Novice, Intermediate or Experienced archers welcomed.

Wednesdays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

18:15 to 21:30 indoors—main club shoot (Members Only)

Please note for safety we do not allow all carbon arrows to be used on our outdoor ranges.

GVA Hosts AIUK Ironman 2017

Gordano Valley Archers are delighted  to be able to host the return of the annual
Archery Interchange 2017 Ironman.

This an external all weather tournament and is a break from the festive season and chance to blow away the cobwebs.  Archers brave the elements to shoot an extended  frostbite round,
7 dozen arrows shot at an 80cm face at 30 metres. There are numerous categories and awards subject to numbers shooting, there is also the  great  looking badge  for those wishing to buy an extra badge for their quiver.


Saturday 30th December 2017

GVA Range – Downs School, Wraxall, BS48 1PF

Open to ALL archers registered with Archery GB

Archery Interchange

Animal Fun Shoot

Archery can be a very serious and solo sport at times, but there is no reason why it shouldn’t be fun and a chance to socialize with fellow archers. As we enter the new subscription year the Tournament Team thought it would be a good idea to hold a Fun Shoot for all members old and new.


2D Animal Targets

Sunday 22 October  – Animal Fun Shoot

2D Animal Archery targets and score sheets  provided.

Club rules based upon Archery GB Field rules apply.

Standard Boss  fees apply.

See detailed announcement in the members section or discuss with the Tournament Team for further details.

No Target archery will be available on the day, but Clout archers may use their range and Beginners courses will continue as usual.

GWAS Indoor Championship – WSM

44th Indoor Championship
Record Status Shoot
Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
Sunday 18th February 2018
(choice of morning of afternoon session)

I know that this seems to be a long way off, but as an Indoor  Record Status shoot, places are  limited and even with two sessions, I would recommend booking early.  As a locally held Regional Championship this is your opportunity to not only compete in a Record Status tournament but also to compete against archers from all over the Grand Western Region for the chance to become a Region Champion. (Regional Records  have an additional age category of Under 9)

Round : WA 18   (previously known as FITA18)

Distance : 18m ( that is approx. 11” or 29cm closer than for a Portsmouth)
Recurve Face : 40cm  (same size as used for a  Bray I )
Compound Face : Triple Face
Arrows : 5 dozen

Further details can be located in the official Entry Form (external Link)

252 – Scheme Update

At the start of a new subscription year, and two years after the  introduction of the 252-Legend we have ‘tweaked’, what has a been a very popular progression scheme.

The main change is the requirement to shoot 2 rather than 1 qualify rounds at a particular distance, primarily to slow down people who just achieve the award and instantly move up a distance, possibly too early.    The other changes relate to the score required to obtain the awards, as you would expect the 252Recurve score remains unaltered but the compound archers will now need to try a little harder at 40yds whilst the Barebow and Longbow archers see their scores at 60yds reduced. All changes have been made looking at the different handicaps and achievability; hopefully we have made the right adjustments. Full details available in the ‘Members Area’.

Frostbite – Postal Tournament



October sees a bonus, to archers shooting the ‘frostbite’ round the start of the Somerset County Archery (SCAA)
 Frostbite Postal League.


Full details and submission sheets can be found on the SCAA website, but it really is uncomplicated, teams of four seniors or three juniors archers submit their best frostbite score of the month, no later than the 10th of the following month and points are awarded accordingly, with an accumulative total and awards being made by the County at the annual Inter-Club tournament.

Hilary (SCAA) has created adjustment tables to allow all bow categories to shoot, on a level playing field and as always a junior may shoot as a senior if they wish.

Maybe Gordano can have three teams this year two senior and a junior, so who is going to be in your team and don’t forget you could use these results as part of your ‘frostbite’ progress achievement scheme.

If you need more information please see the ‘Somerset’ website or speak to Chris Johnson.

Winter Progression Scheme

As the nights start to draw in, the days shorten and the good weather seems to be but a memory; archers everywhere look for a shorter round to shoot between the showers and before their fingers turn blue.


an unofficial round, with the chance
of more awards and badges.
Distances:     30m
Face:             80cm
Arrows:         3 Dozen
Max. Score : 360


The GVA progression achievement scheme encourages you to shoot the round over the winter months and to increase you score. Similar to the Portsmouth’ and 252-Legend schemes there are badges this time, ‘frosty’, available for scores above 200, with increasing increments to 355.

Why not treat your quiver to a new look, or if you shot last year an upgrade.

Hopefully it will also be good practice for the AIUK Ironman fun shoot, two and third  frostbites,
7 dozen arrows, at the end of the year. (30th December 2017).


At the fun tournament held on Wednesday 20th September the great sport of darts was introduced to the archery range at Gordano Valley Archers. Young and the not so young battled it out reducing their scores from 501 to zero.

The option to finish on a double was taken by every archer and the bow category did not prove to be an advantage with winners coming from every bow style.

Darts meets Archery
Winners included:

Luke Davey (RFS),
Jeremy Porter (LB),
Pieter de Ronde (BB);
Kirsten Hill-Nixon (BB),
Ashley Flay (RFS) ,
Paul Hennighan (RFS) and
Claire Starkie (Compound).


This is one of the many fun competitions held at the club. It is not all about trophies as the winners were more than happy with their chocolate prizes.

Once again a big thank you must go to the Tournament Team ably led by Kirsten.